15th February 2014

Barrow after the rain


Walk Overview
Time 1:15 to 2:45pm
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.4 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - High Coledale - Braithwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Braithwaite Village

The best option are the half dozen or so spaces outside the school. Other than that, it's a case of finding a space in the centre of the village.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


What on earth is going on with the weather.
We've had a lot of rain and high winds up north but absolutely nothing compared to areas of the country further south. The scenes we've watched on TV all week have been just shocking. They really put things into perspective when you see people that have lost everything. It makes you realise that our inconveniences such as missing a few fell walks because of the weather aren't important at all. One guy on the news was quite annoyed the other day because his train had been cancelled. "No one is telling us what's going on or when the trains will be running again. I need to get to XXX???XXX". Idiot! He must be the only person in the UK that didn't know the country was being battered by torrential rain and up to 100mph winds. I'm sure thousands of people with three feet of water in their living rooms would love a cancelled train to be their biggest problem at the moment.

Talking about rain; it had been falling out of the sky again this morning, so once again I sat it out in the house. When the sky began to have a bit blue in it I headed out to Braithwaite for a short walk over Barrow. My timing was out by a little bit and I opted to sit in the car for 20 minutes until the rain stopped completely.

Between Braithwaite and Barrow is Braithwaite Lodge.

There was lots of low cloud on the northern fells when I set off but it did lift a bit and the fells even managed to enjoy some much appreciated sunshine.

Up on the right is Grisedale Pike, blending in very well with the sky.

Looking back over Braithwaite Lodge and Braithwaite from the bottom of the ridge.

Looking up the saturated path on Barrow. I didn't think water was supposed to stand still on a slope.

A view down to Newlands Valley.

Sunshine on Latrigg and Keswick. The darker fell on the right hand side is Great Mell Fell.

Here you have a picture of Newlands Valley and Derwent Water.

Looking back down the ridge. It's okay, that's blue sky up there not a problem with the camera.


They look very nice but it must have been extremely windy up there.

A very wintry looking scene just as I approached the top of Barrow.

Barrow summit in front of Derwent Water and the central & eastern fells.

The way back to Braithwaite.

A close up of the flooded end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

And a close up of Causey Pike.

Over the roof tops of Braithwaite to the Skiddaw fells. It seems like the cloud is dropping again.

Braithwaite Methodist Church.

Modern art with lots of buttons, beads and bottles.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks